Employees profiles

MÉLANIE LELIÈVRE
Executive Director

Mélanie Lelièvre participates in the development of Appalachian Corridor’s conservation strategies and manages the voluntary conservation initiative as well as the development of tools in support of this initiative. As Executive Director of Appalachian Corridor, she also contributes directly to the coordination of specific projects and manages human as well as financial resources.

 

Mélanie is highly qualified in managing environmental organizations and projects. Before joining Appalachian Corridor, she held various management positions, namely with an environmental services firm where she headed a team of five directors and twenty professionals. Mélanie holds a BSc in Agronomic Science with a specialisation in organic agriculture, and her passion for the protection of the environment that attracted her to the Appalachian Corridor’s team in 2007.

MARTINE RUEL
Operations Manager

Martine is our Operations Manager. Prior to joining Appalachian Corridor, she worked as a Coordinator at the Commission régionale sur les ressources naturelles et le territoire (CRRNT) de la Montérégie Est for the last seven years. She has also served as Manager at the Organisme de bassin versant de la rivière Yamaska from 2002 to 2007. Initially trained as a geographer, Martine is fascinated by natural areas and environmental improvement issues.

 

Before joining our team, Martine was coordinator of the Montérégie East Regional Commission on Natural Resources and Territory (CRRNT) for tseven years and also Executive Director of the Watershed Agency (OBV) of the Yamaska ​​River from 2002 to 2007. A trained geographer, Martine is passionate about everything related to natural areas and improving the quality of our environment.

CLÉMENT ROBIDOUX
Biologist and Conservation Coordinator

Clément Robidoux is Conservation Coordinator for Appalachian Corridor. As a Biologist specialising in ecology, Clément carries out ecological surveys and drafts conservation and management plans for protected properties. Furthermore, he is in charge of monitoring species at risk on the Appalachian Corridor territory. Clément sometimes contributes to activities raising awareness on conservation issues. Before joining Appalachian Corridor, Clément worked for a wastewater management company. He also took part in an internship financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which focused on environmental impact assessments of development projects in Mali.

CAROLINE DAGUET
Biologist

Caroline Daguet takes part in plant/wildlife surveys, carries out wetland delineation and writes ecological reports. She assists the Conservation Coordinator and her mandate also involves revising and translating a wide range of documents. She is actively involved with the Natural Corridors project, particularly its road ecology aspects focusing on improving wildlife permeability of Highway 10. Caroline also takes part in various aspects of the conciliation project between forestry and conservation, and occasionally contributes to public outreach on the importance of protecting biodiversity and natural habitats.

 

Caroline holds over 15 years’ experience in natural habitat management, environmental education and nature conservation, for both governmental and non-profit organizations (including the British Dragonfly Society). Before joining Appalachian Corridor officially in 2008, she collaborated with the team while working on projects for Nature Conservancy Canada – Quebec Region.

VÉRONIQUE THIBAULT
Coordinator – Partnerships, Innovation and Grant Applications

 

Véronique looks after our Affiliate Members relations, assists management with grant applications and develops new partnerships. She provides network members with help and support regarding their various projects.

 

Trained as a Biologist, Véronique also holds a double Master’s Degree in Environment Management and in Sustainable Development Management jointly with France. Before she joined Appalachian Corridor, she worked with a regional forestry association to promote sustainable forestry practices that respect natural ecosystems. Community involvement as well as sustainable land use and planning and the creation of a healthy living environment are dear to her heart and she is actively committed to these issues.

MYLÈNE ALARIE
Communications and Philanthropy Coordinator

Mylène is our Communications and Philanthropy Coordinator. She has worked in the communications field for over 15 years. Successively writer, editor, translator and communications advisor with large corporations, she has also worked as a freelancer and taught French to adult students. Otherwise, Mylène is passionate about environment and nature and strongly believes in community involvement.

NASTARAN DANIALI
Administrative Assistant

Nastaran looks after the administrative aspects of Appalachian Corridor’s activities. She also supports the team with tasks related to grant applications and reporting to funding bodies.

 

Nastaran holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is very interested in the environment and the impact it has on communities. Prior to joining the team, she served on the board of directors of one of our affiliate members, the Mont Pinacle Land Trust, where she deepen her knowledge regarding voluntary conservation on private land.

PATRICE PINEAULT
G.I.S. Technician

Patrice looks after all GIS and mapping aspects of Appalachian Corridor’s work, including the production of numerous maps used at different stages of each conservation project, the maintenance and improvements of geographical databases, the use of spatial analyses and modelling, and the production of statistics related to the Corridor’s territory of action. He is also responsible for developing tools allowing the automation of a number of tasks and computer support.

 

His curiosity for natural environments led him to complete collegial studies in bio-ecology. While studying, he was introduced to G.I.S. and discovered a strong interest for this science. After two years working as a bioecology technician, he started a degree in Environmental GIS at Université de Sherbrooke.

 

His position at Appalachian Corridor allows him to combine his knowledge on natural habitats, his interest for IT as well as his values regarding the protection of natural areas and the environment.

DAVID BRISSON
RNMV Coordinator and Conservation Advisor

David is the coordinator of the RNMV for Appalachian Corridor and is responsible for the elaboration and implementation of Nature Conservancy Canada’s Master Plan for the reserve. His tasks include the supervision and visits of the properties; he coordinates the patrol team, volunteers and collaborates with the managing partners of the trails within the reserve. As for the trails, David investigates the hiking trails infrastructures, produces reports and makes recommendations for required repairs. He is also the point person for all information requests and the maintenance of the web site.

 

Moreover, David assists with conservation projects; he supports and guides property owners through the steps leading to the conservation of their lands. He also participates in ecological inventories and evaluations, data analysis and production of inventory reports.

 

David holds a Technical degree in bioecology from the CEGEP de Sherbrooke, which allowed him to acquire knowledge in the usage of several measuring and mapping instruments along with a good training in taxonomy and ecology. David worked as a guide at the Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton (PENS) and has completed an internship with Appalachian Corridor before joining the organization. A nature lover, David spends as much time as he can in the wilderness as much as he can.

ANDRÉ CHAMPOUX
Conservation Advisor

André supports landowners and guides them through the steps of the conservation of theirlands. These steps include, among others, negotiation of conservation agreements. André participates in conservation actions planning and works together with other advisors to achieved Appalachian Corridor strategy goals.

 

Before joining the team of Appalachian Corridor, André worked with Environment Canada for 27 years. Researcher at The National Hydrological Research Institute, he held several management positions where he addressed major issues such as the St.Lawrence Action Plan, international cooperation for environment, data and information management and the Museum of the Biosphère in Montreal. He was also director of the Museum’s Foundation for a couple of years. Finally, he co-wrote the book Élément d’hydrologie. André holds a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Physical Geography from Université de Sherbrooke.